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Root Film coming to Switch worldwide in Q1 2021, limited edition announced

Time to get to the root of things!

PQube (London, UK) - September 4th, 2020 - PQube and Kadokawa Games are excited to announce that Root Film, a visually stunning and thrilling adventure game, will be available worldwide in Q1 2021 for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4! Root Film takes players back to Shimane prefecture, entangling them in a new murder story by director Hifumi Kono.

The limited edition of Root Film comes bolstered with an exclusive 100 page art book featuring a curated blend of environmental scenery, detailed character illustrations and more. You can pre-order the Root Film limited editon on Funstock now!

Set in the Shimane prefecture, Root Film is based around the reboot of a mysteriously cancelled TV series "Shimane Mystery Drama Project”. Take the role of 23-year-old Rintaro Yagumo as his excitement for an amazing casting opportunity is quickly curbed, when a horrible murder interrupts their location scouting process.

Follow him and a cast of memorable characters illustrated by character designer Taro Minaboshi as they are drawn deeper into the thrilling mystery of Root Film.
Root Film blends the masterful storytelling Kadokawa Games is known for with newly built upon interactive features.

Become your own detective
The Intuition mechanic allows players to acquire keywords during in-game conversations. Once activated, Intuition reveals words on screen that are essential to investigations and confrontations.

Max Mode
After collecting enough keywords, you can confront suspects in Max Mode to resolve a mystery. In this fighting-game like face-off, it is essential that enough evidence has been collected beforehand to choose the correct conversation options from a selection screen.

More than one side to a story...
Experiment with the 'zapping' mechanic to reveal the perspective of two characters at the same time. Experiencing events from two different viewpoints is an essential tool to find out the truth about "Shimane Mystery Drama Project”!

Root Film will release for Nintendo Switch in Q1 2021

Check out another batch of screens for Root Film

Check out the gallery here

Root Film is due to hit Switch in Japan on July 30th, 2020. The game will also see a Western release later this year, courtesy of PQube.

Root Film director discusses the game's name, fixes issues from the last game, and more

Getting to the room of the game

Root Film director Hifumi Kouno was recently interviewed about his work on the upcoming title. You can see a summary of what he had to say below.

- the game is titled Root Film because the end goal of the protagonist and 2 other directors is to become the chosen TV series
- filmography is part of the process to get to that goal
- traditional film is better than digital cinematography, in terms of color effects, and this ties to the choice of the word “film”
- film is a very important element in this game’s plot, but no details were given in order to avoid spoilers
- Kadokawa Games president Yoshimi Yasuda instructed Kouno not to limit himself too much based on the previous game
- Kouno said that he’s improved upon all the issues that players brought up in Root Letter in Root Film
- the game isn’t really related to Root Letter at all
- the three famous female voice actresses who played major roles in last game are back voicing different characters
- the game’s protagonist is nicknamed Max, like the protagonist of Root Letter
- Max is a completely different person with his own background
- Kouno acknowledged that Max in Root Letter wasn’t the most likable character, so things were changed this time
- the text adventure portion of Root Letter had some fatal flaws, which have been addressed
- the main character was too unlikable and was constantly always by himself, meaning that there were a lot of monologues
- this limited the writing, and that's why the protagonist has more “partner” characters to talk to this time around.

Root Film demo gameplay

A demo for Root Film has released in Japan. The first chapter of Rintarou Yagumo's story is playable in the demo, alongside the ability to go hands-on with the game's “Syntesthesia” and “MAX Mode” mechanics.

Root Film demo now available on the Japanese eShop

The root of all demos!

Last week, we reported that Root Film would be getting a demo on the Japanese eShop on July 9th. As the day arrives, the mystery visual-novel from developer Kadokawa Games has expectedly received a free demo alongside the ability to preload (with a 20% discount).

The first chapter of Rintarou Yagumo's story is playable in the demo, alongside the ability to go hands-on with the game's “Syntesthesia” and “MAX Mode” mechanics.

A western release of Root Film is also planned for the future from publisher PQube.

Root Film demo coming to the Japanese eShop on July 9th

Give this mystery visual novel a try!

Developer Kadokawa Games has announced that a demo for their upcoming mystery visual novel "Root Film" will be coming to the Japanese eShop on July 9th, 2020.

The first chapter of Rintarou Yagumo's story will be playable in the demo, alongside getting to go hands-on with the game's “Syntesthesia” and “MAX Mode” mechanics.

Root Film launches for Switch in Japan on July 30th, with a western release from publisher PQube also planned.

Third trailer released for Root Film

We're rooting for this one

Kadokawa Games has released a third trailer for Root Film. This trailer features the theme song “Utakata no Hikari” as sung by idol group i☆Ris. Root Film is due to hit Switch in Japan on July 30th, 2020. The game will also see a Western release later this year, courtesy of PQube.

Root Film to get Chinese and Korean releases

Root language


Clouded Leopard Entertainment has announced that they're working on Traditional Chinese and Korean versions of Root Film.
These versions of the games will launch in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and South Korea on July 30th, 2020. You can check out the Chinese and Korean trailers above.

Root Film delayed to July 30th, 2020 in Japan

We're rooting for smooth sailing from here on out

Kadokawa Games has announced that Root Film is being delayed. The original plan was to launch the game on April 23rd, 2020 in Japan, but now the title has been pushed all the way to July 30th, 2020. Kadokawa says the game is in its final stages, but they decided to push things back in order to bump up the game's quality.

A few more screens for Root Film released

As previously announced, Root Film will launch for Switch in Japan on April 23rd, 2020. The title is priced at 6,800 yen, and preorders come with “i☆Ris x Root Film Treasured Footage Collection,” a bonus DVD of the i☆Ris concert at Kadokawa Games Grand Festival 2019 and a behind-the-scenes look at the studio recording of the Root Film theme song. A new batch of screens for the game have been released, which you can check out in the gallery above.

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